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Parkin hails 'important' win

21 November 2012

City assistant Steve Parkin believes the Bantams deserve a great deal of credit for the way they grinded out a hard-fought victory over Plymouth Argyle this Tuesday evening.

A first half strike from Gary Jones was enough to seal the points for Phil Parkinson's men but they had to withdrawn several periods of Plymouth pressure after the restart before securing the win.

As well as confirming a sixth home league win of the season for Parkinson's side, the visit of Plymouth - City's twenty-sixth game of the campaign so far - also saw loanee defender John Egan unfortunately pick up a broken right leg.

The injury is the latest fitness problem suffered by City's battle-scarred squad during their busy schedule of matches over the last couple of months.

Given all of City's efforts in recent weeks then, and the injuries accumulated along the way, Parkin says the Plymouth win should go down as one City's biggest of the season. 

Parkin said: "It was a very important win for us - probably one of the biggest wins of the season for me."

"We've had a lot of games and a lot of injuries recently, and I think the players deserve a lot of credit for their performance tonight.

"With the way Plymouth played, our players were asked to stand up and be counted. Coming off the back of a defeat at weekend, we couldn't ask any more of the lads in the way they dug in and saw us through to the win.

"Plymouth made it very difficult for us, especially in the second half. They tried to put as many balls as they could onto our young defence, but they coped admirably.

"Young Carl McHugh came on (following Egan's injury) and they put a load of balls his way, but he headed practically everyone of them away.

"They tried to test us out, especially after John's withdrawal, but it was an outstanding display by our defence tonight.

"The big man in goal as well (Matt Duke) also played his part with a couple of great saves in the game.

"We'd have loved to have got the ball down and played it about a bit more but sometimes to you have to win ugly.

"You are not going to go through the whole season winning games with style, sometimes it's just about getting the points on the board.

"As I said before, the lads have had a really tough schedule recently but they stood up tonight and showed an excellent attitude."

Jones' match-winning goal was his second of the season and his second at the Coral Windows Stadium following his superb free-kick against Morecambe back in September.

Parkin hopes there are many more goals to come from the 35 year-old this campaign as City look to get even more out of their all-action midfield general.

Parkin added:"We're just looking at trying to get Gary a bit further up the pitch.

"It is something myself and the manager have talked about over the last couple of days since the weekend.

"I had him at Rochdale when I was manager there and we know that he can get you goals. His (scoring) record for a midfielder is outstanding.

"It was certainly nice to see him pop up and put one in tonight."


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